Image from page 98 of "The Holy Land and the Bible;" (1888)
Title: The Holy Land and the Bible;
Publisher: New York
Contributing Library: Robarts - University of Toronto
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ns, Persians, and Syrians, in succession. The few remains of their language and religion show that thisremarkable people were of Semitic race, though colored to a largeextent by Grecian influences, froni their temporary residence in Crete.Fierce and fond of war, they had the genius of military organizationpeculiar to the West; always ready with disciplined battalions for anyquarrel. Nor were they less keen as traders; their favorable positionon the coast enabling them to become, in some measure, rivals of thePhoenicians. Of their politcal constitution we know only that theirterritory was divided into five small districts, respectively under thechiefs of five cities—Ekron, Gath, Ashdod, Ascalon, and Gaza. Of 1 Ebers, Egypten und die Backer Mods, p. 121. 2.Gen. xx. 2; xxi. 32; xxvi. 1, 26. 3 Rlehni, p.1196. 4 Exod. xiii. 17 5 Josh. xv. 45. 6 Josli. xiii. 2. 7 Josh. xiii. 2; xv. 45; Judg. i. 18; iii. 3.8 Judg. iii. 31. 9 About b. c. 1250. 10 1 Sam. xxx. 14; Ezeli. xxv. 16; Zeph. ii. 5.
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;;! / ^•1 THE PHILISTINE IT.AIN AND SAMSON*S COUNTRY. 50 their religion all that has come down to us is that the geelzebubwas worsliipped at Ekron, Dagon at Gaza and Ashdod/ and, at a laterperiod, the goddess Derketo in Ascalon.^ The present pojndation of Palestine is, doubtless, hu-gelv represen-tative, in the various districts, of the ancient races of the land, so thatPhilistine blood in the people of the old Philistine country may per-haps, in ])art, account for their being much more Egyptian, in theirways and dress, than those around them; the Philistines, as we haveseen, having originally come from Crete, through Egypt. There were,however, many other nationalities in the land in Joshuas day. TheHittites—possibly a small branch of the mighty Cheta of the Egyptianmonuments, whose power, at its highest, reached from the GrecianArchi])elago to Carchemish, on the pAiphrates—lived in and roundHebron, in the time of Abraham,^ and, in that of Moses, among themountains
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